New Child Development Center For L.A. Valley College
New $11.2 Million Child Development Center at L.A. Valley College Will Provide Modern Learning Facilities for 'Little Ones'
June 27, 2008 (LOS ANGELES) - The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees (BOT) recently awarded a $11.2 million construction contract to authorize building efforts for Los Angeles Valley College's new Child Development Center (CDC). The College's CDC represents the District's sixth center across LACCD in the development, planning or building phase. There are currently three projects under construction at Los Angeles Trade Technical, Los Angeles City and Los Angeles Mission colleges, with two additional contracts in place for both Los Angeles Harbor and Pierce College. The CDC at Los Angeles Southwest College was completed in 2007. The District's child development centers are devoted to early childcare facilities for children and serve as a teacher-training model for students in the Child Development department.
"Our child development centers impact our overall objective to assist students by providing affordable childcare, while serving as a teacher-training facility," said Nancy Pearlman, LACCD BOT. "As a result, our students get an early childhood education for their children and the chance to focus on securing their own educational goals for brighter career options."
PW Construction will provide general construction services for the project at a cost of $11,164,500. The scope of work will consist of the demolition of the current center and new construction activity for a 25,900 sq. ft., one-story facility. The center will be a licensed childcare facility, and will provide developmentally appropriate programs for the kindergarten to grade-school children of Valley College students, staff, faculty and the community.
The contract is the result of a formal competitive bidding process, and the District estimates that the contract will generate approximately 111 local construction jobs.
The Los Angeles Community College District, the largest community college districts in the country, is in the midst of a $2.2 billion construction and modernization program at its nine colleges. LACCD has contracted 77 percent of professional services and the construction program's work to date ($579,472,835 as of September 2007) to local, small, emerging and disabled-veteran enterprise businesses. Companies interested in participating in this $2.2 billion renovation and modernization program are encouraged to visit www.LACCDBuildsGreen.org and click on “Contracting & Bidding Site.”